Chuck: Poor Kentucky. What a horrible way to die, thousands of little stingers stinging you.
Olive: Like little stinging secrets that don’t just sting you once; they keep stinging you until you’re bloated and full of pus.

Olive is on the verge of collapsing under the weight of all the secrets she has been forced to keep. She knows too much, and she’s about to snap.

Let’s take stock of all the secrets Olive has to keep at the moment:

  • She can’t tell Chuck’s “aunts” that Chuck is alive.
  • I put “aunts” in quotation marks, because Lily is actually Chuck’s mom, and Olive can’t tell anyone.
  • She still has feelings for Ned.
  • She knows that Chuck has been putting mood enhancers in the pies she takes to Chuck’s “aunts,” and she can’t reveal this to Lily and Vivian.

That’s a lot of bombshells to keep track of, and Olive isn’t someone who thrives on secrets. She prefers everything to be out in the open. Keeping these secrets isn’t healthy for her; it’s driving her insane. When she finally snaps at the Pie Hole, letting out a piercing scream, Lily sends her off to a nunnery – the very same nunnery where Lily had Chuck. Here, Lily reveals to Olive one more secret: Vivian used to be engaged to Chuck’s dad before Chuck was born, which is why Lily can never admit to being Chuck’s mother. Each new secret is like an additional lock on the door of the mental prison cell in which Olive is trapped. Lily can’t risk her secrets getting out, and she’s going to do everything in her power to keep it that way, including spilling more secrets to Olive so that she’ll never want to leave the nunnery.

“If you can’t hold it, you take your ass to the men’s room and cry in private on the toilet, like a man!”
– Emerson

Unlike Olive, Emerson relies on secrecy and discretion. He is emotionally distant and plays things close to the vest. Since admitting to Ned that he has a daughter, he hasn’t brought up the subject again. Instead, he continues to make a pop-up book for his daughter in private, hoping that it will eventually lead her to him.

“And so the piemaker had come to understand that home did not mean four walls and a door you never walked out of; home was a feeling of where you belong.”
– The Narrator

Meanwhile, this episode’s case requires Chuck to go undercover and get a job at Betty’s Bees. It’s Chuck’s first real job, or at least the first one that she obtained independently; being given a job at your boyfriend’s pie shop doesn’t really count. (Pushing Daisies comes down firmly in favour of nepotism, it seems.) It pushes Chuck to realize that she values independence. She knows that she’ll never be able to keep her job at Betty’s Bees, and so she opts to express her independence in another way; she moves into Olive’s now-vacant apartment.

Of course, Ned, in his insecurity, thinks that this is about him, and not Chuck’s desire for independence. But after some reassurance from Chuck, he finally realizes that he needs to let Chuck do her own thing. Love need not be possessive, and he can build a “home” that includes Chuck, even if she doesn’t live with him.

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